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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000580.txt from 1999/06

From: Fred Jacobowitz <>
Subj: Re: [kl] 10 G-big sound
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 09:53:47 -0400

Before you give up on your R-13, be aware that quite often the
problems with R-13's are related to the register tube (the metal tube
that suts under the pad of the register key). On my first A clarinet it
was too long and it made all the throat tones flat, the low range
unusable and the whole horn STUFFY. Look into your horn
and see if the register tube extends too far into the bore. If you don't
know how far is too far, look at the Selmer. Essentially, a too-long
register tube will extend more than about a third of the way into the
bore. If yours goes almost half way in, its too long. If this is the case,
I can tell you how to get this instrument into great tuning shape.
You can e-mail me back if that's the case and you want to pay only $100 or
so instead of $1800 for a new horn.

Fred Jacobowitz
Clarinet/Sax Instructor, Peabody Preparatory

On Fri, 18 Jun 1999, David Blumberg wrote:

> <>
> Subject: CHoosing a new instrument
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> Since the subject of good and bad clarinets has come up, it seems
> that a discussion of how to pick a new clarinet may be in order. My
> buffet R-13 is about five years old, and I have been told by my teacher
> that it is not a good one. The reasons are pitch related, but I seem to
> be able play in tune as well as anyone ( in this area, anyway!) The
> tone of the instrument I think is quite beautiful and its response is
> quite good. I also own a Selmer10G and think that it is also a fairly
> good horn, with a good tone, but I changed because I could not get a big
> enough sound on it.
> Would anyone care to share criteria that you use when choosing a
> new instrument, either for yourself or a student. I think that it would
> be helpful to those of us who are less experienced.
> Thanks, Deborah
> --------------------------------------
> Deborah, one thing the 10 G's almost never get accused of is having a small
> sound. Tony Gigliotti's sound is HUGE. The first time I played next to him
> in Orchestra, I was amazed! (I didn't realize in lessons just how big his
> sound was, had to be in Orchestra to experience it). What do you think is
> the cause of your 10 G making you work harder to get a large tone? When I
> choose an instrument for myself or a student, I look at the grain of the
> wood for evenness, and the bore for undercutting evenness. Play testing, I
> look for an even blowing instrument in every range. That is sometimes
> difficult, as the instrument can have leaks that make it hard to determine
> if it is the Clarinet, or the leak. Overall tone, and intonation (using a
> tuner) are also critical. It can be mind boggling at times. Fred Weiner
> told me that even the best have gotten up - and walked out - to clear their
> head.
> David Blumberg
> Have you heard?
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